That was before John's car broke down, and I had no car at all on Friday. So tonight I checked my March folder to see what I'd managed to come up with so far.
Ah, yes. Nothing says spring like snow on the Santa Catalinas. This was taken on Monday: St. Patrick's Day.
This commemorates my first major allergy attack of the season, the one that kept me up until 4 AM several nights ago. I assume it was caused by spring pollen.
For me a major sign that spring is coming is my own birthday on the tenth. The March birthday cake at the office was finally served on Thursday, but not before the whiteboard fell over, pushing the Coke bottle into the icing.
Those three shots just aren't going to cut it. Neither does the underexposed shot of the dry river bed, or the selection of nice but unspringlike photos I took of the Catalinas from Orange Grove Road Thursday night.
So tonight, following a longstanding pre-holiday tradition, I drove over to a 24-hour Walgreen's. Maybe they would have advertising about "Spring Savings," or some other spring-oriented display. They might even have a flowering bush outside. Besides, I needed to get John a birthday card. But no, there were no spring promotions, and the bushes weren't flowering.
I think there were at least buds on the tree outside Walgreens, but by moonlight and camera flash, it mostly just looked ghostly.
In desperation, I drove on to Hi Corbett Field. Nothing says "Spring" like "Spring Training," right? But it was dark and deserted, except for a cop car in the parking lot. I didn't want the cop to think I was drunk or a terrorist or something, so I took just a few pictures from the safety of my car, and headed home.
At home I checked on the status of a plant that as of this time last year seemed totally dead. Ditto tonight. But it will turn green and then bloom in a month or two.
Pathetic. I told you Tucson wasn't a great place to look for signs of spring. So I made my own signs:
John's birthday: March 22, just as spring begins, more or less. Which reminds me, I forgot Sara's birthday on the 21st!
Easter is definitely part of the spring celebration, especially this year.
And never mind the poinsettia; here's the most concrete sign of spring you'll see today.
Now go see how everyone else fared at finding signs of spring!
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